Meet the Author Monday: Olivia Lockhart

Olivia Lockhart

It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Olivia Lockhart, author of The Bridesmaid’s Brother.

About Olivia Lockhart:

Olivia Lockhart (Livvie to her friends) is an English author who can’t quite decide if she wants to write contemporary romance or paranormal romance. Either way, it HAS to be romance.

She loves to write about the underdog, the one who got away, the bits of love stories we can all relate to.

When not writing she can be found drinking wine, cuddling her beloved pooch or with her head buried in a book.

About The Bridesmaid’s Brother:

For Penny Archer, dating after forty has proved to be less ‘silver foxes and romantic dinners’, and more ‘last chance bargain bin’. She’s met every liar and cheater in the dating pool, and after one heartbreak too many, she is officially sworn off men.

A strong, single mum, she doesn’t need a partner, and besides, the family planner is crammed with work commitments, school meetings, puppy classes, chores for her ageing parents and, of course, her beloved book club. Although a cuddle now and then wouldn’t go amiss…

Penny jumps at the chance to let her hair down at a friend’s wedding, blissfully unaware that she’s about to crash into a stranger’s life in the most mortifying manner.

Can something that begins in disaster ever end in happiness, or is it all too good to be true?

Will Penny ever turn the pages of her own book towards that happy ever after?


Author Interview with Olivia Lockhart:

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  1. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I’d definitely say it hurts. I think its hugely important to know you have flaws, and to feel the fear as you’re writing and publishing, that fear and those flaws drive you to keep perfecting your work. A writer with a big ego may assume perfection too early on.

  1. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I have always loved reading romance books, but I want to write with my own voice, to be original. So, I would never try to imitate another writer, or write to what the ‘market’ wants, or what is fashionable. I’d always write the story I wanted to tell.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I didn’t write when I was younger because I didn’t have the confidence in myself. I would tell my past self to just start writing and enjoy the journey. I do wish I’d started years ago.

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I’d say a good cover is worth every penny. Rightly or wrongly, people do judge a book by its cover (me included), and so it’s important the cover is attractive, and fits the genre. It’s possible to make covers for free, but I’d always advise investing in a good cover designer.

  1. How many hours a day do you write?

I have a full-time job, a family, and a puppy – so my writing hours are extremely limited. I tend to get only 4 or 5 hours a week, so I make sure I use them wisely.

  1. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read them, often from behind my fingers until I know whether they’re good or bad. The bad ones can really hurt, but I know that not every book is for every person, so bad reviews are inevitable. It’s important to take them constructively – I massively disagree with author’s who respond to, or even antagonize reviewers, everyone should be entitled to their opinion. And as for the good reviews – they make me want to skip around the house with delight. I treasure every single one.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

It was a poetry book – Please, Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg. My teacher had a copy when I was about 6 or 7 years old, and if we were good, she read us a poem each day before home time. It was the highlight of my day; the book made the whole class giggle with delight.

  1. What comes first, the plot or characters?

The characters, I have a vague idea of what will happen, but I always define the characters first, and then let them lead the story. It’s an aspect of writing that I love, a little like being a guest on a mystery tour!

  1. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

That I don’t ever know how my books will end until I get there. I don’t plan them out with a beginning, middle, end, I just start writing and see what happens. With The Bridesmaid’s Brother, I knew they’d meet at a wedding, but the rest just evolved as I wrote. I think this is the reason I get very emotional when I finish writing, it’s all a surprise to me, and it can be draining.

  1. Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?

The character of Anwir from Liar, I think he’ll always be my favourite. He is so vulnerable, and feels so unworthy of love. I adore the journey he goes on, it’s a tough ride, but even he finds his happy ever after, after a lifetime of not belonging, and feeling unworthy.

  1. If you could only have one season, what would it be?

Autumn. I love everything about it. The weather, the leaves, the pumpkin spice latte’s! The promise of Christmas on the horizon, but without the cold winter chills or the hot summer heat. Autumn, to me, is perfect! I’d gladly live in perpetual autumn.

To learn more about Olivia Lockhart, here’s where you can find her:

Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/livvieharts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bubblybookstagram

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